Senior Health Officer


Job Title
Senior Health Officer
Classification Level

Organizational Unit / Duty Station
Southern Africa Cluster Office
Immediate Supervisor’s Title
Head of Country Cluster Office
Technical Manager’s Title
Regional Health and Care Coordinator
Number of Direct Reports
Number of Indirect Reports
Organizational context (where the job is located in the Organization)

The Secretariat of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is organized into four Business groups in Geneva and five Business Groups in the field, namely the Regional Offices for Africa, Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The Africa Region Business Group is organized through regional representations covering the National Societies (NS) in Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, West Coast, Sahel and Central Africa as well as country representations in Sudan, Republic of South Sudan, Niger, Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Zimbabwe.
The Southern Africa Country Cluster Office based in Centurion covers 10 countries (Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe).

Job purpose

Reporting to Head of Cluster, the Senior Health Officer will:
Act as a focal point for Health and WASH in the Southern Africa Cluster Office.
Provide ten National Societies regular and quality technical support for community health and epidemic response (including COVID-19)
Manage Health and WASH sector programming in Southern Africa
Job duties and responsibilities

The Senior Health Officer is responsible for:
Support the monitoring of allHealth operation developments and coordinate all the health activities closely with the National Societies and other stakeholders in Southern Africa
Contribute to the Health plan implementation of National Societies in Southern Africa
In close collaboration with the Head of Cluster/Regional Health Coordinator for Africa, the Senior Health Officer will provide overall leadership and management, ensuring that the Health sector interventions are managed in line with operational plans and in compliance with National Societies in Southern Africa, IFRC and donor requirements.
Provide technical support to National Societies in their health health programming and to the cluster to systematically incorporate appropriate Public health response into Emergency Appeals and DREFs.
Promote the use of IFRC tools and approaches; Community Based Health and First Aid CBHFA, Epidemic Control for Volunteers ECV, Community Based Surveillance CBS and Community engagement and accountability CEA in NS health programmes.
Contribute to ensure that programme implementation is managed through structured, updated work plans, spending plans, indicator tracking sheets and approved monitoring & evaluation tools
Provide technical support to NS health focal persons to ensure effective and high standard delivery of the health sector activities
Ensure effective linkages, communication and collaboration with the relevant colleagues internally within the Movement as well as with external partners including international organisations and donors.
Produce financial and narrative Reports in accordance with the donors reporting requirements
Seek to expand financial support to NSs and develop concept notes, proposals and funding requests
Manage and monitor health and WASH programming in Southern Africa and arrange for technical support /quality assurance /monitoring field visit
Identify National Societies capacity development needs and ensure  that National Societies have appropriate training
In collaboration with the Head of Cluster/Regional Health Coordinator for Africa, the Senior Health Officer will contribute to the development and monitoring of the cluster budget and resource allocation and utilization and good financial management
Monitor regional and national epidemiological data, health indicators and disaster patterns for analysis and early detection disease outbreaks and/or epidemics. Provide technical guidance, and participate in planning and supporting  public health response emergency operations in close collaboration with the DM department.
Duties applicable to all staff
Actively work towards the achievement of the Federation Secretariat’s goals
Abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross and Red Crescent principles
Perform any other work-related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the line manager
Position Requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree in related field

Master’s Degree (Public Health) would be an added advantage


At least 5 years post qualification experience

Red Cross Movement experience

Knowledge and Skills
Self-supporting in computers

Knowledge in Programme and financial management

Knowledge of humanitarian and development sector with expertise in public /community health and WASH

Ability to build and develop capacity (with strong facilitation and training skills)

Ability to multitask and work under pressure

Ability to develop and maintain good relationships with partners, counterparts

Self-management skills within a distance management setup

Good analytical skills with good communication and report writing skills

Good knowledge of the southern Africa

Flexibility and ability to travel in the operations areas

Fluent in written and spoken English.
Competencies (to be filled in by HR)

National Society relations
Communication  – Teamwork
Professionalism – Integrity – Diversity
Results focus and accountability
Duration of the contract: 12 months
Closing date: 01 July 2020
Applicant should send their CVs and Motivational letter to: [email protected]